By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Three downtown Tupelo churches will host a “trunk-or-treat” Halloween event tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
First United Methodist, First Presbyterian and All Saints’ Episcopal churches also will participate.
With expectations of a large turnout, Jefferson Street will be blocked off from Green Street to Robins Street, while church members arrange their cars so children can visit them one by one in trick-or-treat style.
“Our churches are in each other’s backyard. It is great to do this together and says a lot about the unity of Tupelo’s religious community,” said Kristen Partin, director of older children’s ministry at First United Methodist Church.
Since Jefferson Street will be blocked off, it will allow cars to be spaced out to give a more door-to-door feel and the process will not be over as quickly. Partin said it is customary for volunteers to decorate their cars in addition to wearing costumes themselves.
“We encourage a biblical theme, but the only rule we really have is not to get too scary for the sake of some of the younger treaters,” Partin said.
The Rev. Carson Overstreet, associate minister for young adult ministries at First Presbyterian, said the three churches expressed mutual interest in working together at a ministerial association meeting.
“It’s an effort to provide a safe place for our children to trick-or-treat on Halloween,” Overstreet said.